On Sept. 17, 1787 the United States Constitution was officially signed.
With the newly founded United States flailing under the Articles of Confederation, a convention was to be held in Philadelphia to revise the articles.
Instead however, the delegates at the Constitutional Convention, known more commonly as the Founding Fathers, ended up writing an entirely new constitution for the United States.
After heated debate for four months over issues such as representation, the executive branch, states rights, and slavery, the Constitution was finally signed by 39 of the 55 delegates present. The next step was ratification, which was completed in 1789, leading to the adoption of the document that still governs the United States today.
- What were some of the failures of the Articles of Confederation? How were they resolved under the Constitution?
- Why didn’t all 55 members at the convention sign on to the document? What were some of the objections to the Constitution?
- What do you think the Founders would think of today’s use of the Constitution? Should it matter what they would think?
14, Sept. 2018, Backdrop U.S. Flag, partial copy of the U.S. Constitution [Digital image]. Retrieved from <google.com>.